Now it is 100 percent clear that USB-C will be the new charging standard in the EU from autumn 2024, which will force all electronics manufacturers to replace their old connectors.
As far as Apple is concerned, the decision means that it has to speed up the phasing out of lightning, a connector that was introduced on September 12, 2012.
The gadgets affected are the iPhone, the budget model of the iPad, as well as accessories such as the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, the external Magsafe battery, and the charging case for Airpods and Airpods Pro.
We can probably count on the budget model of the iPad getting usb-c shortly, but the other products on the list will hardly be updated until next year at the earliest.
Apple has previously opposed the proposal that usb-c should become a new standard, but since the company has already changed the connector in its laptops and most iPad models, they will not stick with lightning for much longer.
The probability that Apple chooses to keep lightning alongside usb-c is basically zero, since both connectors are used for the same things.